Julia is queen of the oche 42 years apart
JULIA Patchett is the queen of local darts again - 42 years after first being crowned!
The GPO B thrower is celebrating winning her second Peterborough Ladies Clubs League singles title.
Patchett took the prize after coming from behind to beat Jill Dewbury of the New England Club in the final as she got her hands on a trophy she first held back in 1968.
Back then Patchett, who has been a dab hand on the oche since the age of 11, was playing for the Northfields pub which was run by her parents Wally and Jean Morgan.
Her latest singles success formed part of an honours quadruple for her GPO B team at the end of a season to savour.
The mother-of-four, whose late husband Maurice was a wellknown figure on the local darts scene, said: “I stopped playing darts for about 25 years, but I got back into mixed doubles with Maurice and we ended up playing for the Post Office.
“I went a long time without playing but I think I’m actually a better player now, so I’m really glad I got back into it.
“I was runner-up in the singles two years ago and managed to win it for a second time this year.
“The whole team have enjoyed a wonderful season. They are a wonderful bunch and have been ever so kind to me since I lost my husband.”
Patchett won 22 of her 24 games while helping the GPO B team to league title honours.
She was joined in a team skippered by Carol Haynes by Jane Sutterby, Janet Evans, Jackie Keen, Rebecca Clifton, Emma Clifton and Lisa Cunnington.
Patchett was also a member of GPO B’s triumphant fours team along with Haynes, Sutterby and Evans and formed a successful alliance with Debbie Simmonds from Mitchells Club to win the Spin the Board event.
That meant she left the league’s recent presentation night at the Yaxley Royal British Legion armed with plenty of silverware - just as she had done back in 1968 when the prizes were dished out at the Drill Hall.
THEN AND NOW: Julia Patchett with the Ladies Clubs League singles prize in 1968 (left) and 42 years later (right) after winning the title again.